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Dec 6, 2012 6:00am EST
devastating impact on the united states because we still get a large part of our energy from the region. i traveled to azerbaijan an armenian in early september. and i also stopped in georgia and met with the president. when i talked to these leaders, iran was one of the things that came up at the very beginning, because they'll feel the influence and the aggressive attitude underneath cover so to speak of iran. in particular, i think azerbaijan feels a great deal of concern, and when i talked to the president, members of parliament and others, it was readily apparent to me that they thought that there ought to be closer ties between azerbaijan and the united states, and georgia, and hopefully armenia. because iran is really trying to destabilize or undermine those governments are we believe that is their long-term goal. iran has been involved in terrorism as we know for some time. it's partly unique in that area. we have seen the i-beam regime operating through organizations such as republican guard and employ such tactics around the globe including right here in washington, d.c. howev
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 9:00am EST
the development and use of clean energy technology. i have come to the floor over 25 times to talk on this subject, and each time i do, i highlight a different state in what the p.t.c. has done to encourage economic growth. and today, i'm really pleased to be able to talk about the great state of new mexico, the presiding officer's state, whose wind resources rank tenth in the united states. new mexico is an impressive example of how wind can be harnessed to create good-paying jobs, support local communities and produce american-grown power. i want to speak specifically about various areas in new mexico. new mexico has eight counties with wind projects, as you can see from the map here. the largest one is the new mexico wind energy center. it straddles quay county and tabaka county which are located in the eastern side of the state over here. this is an impressive project. the presiding officer knows this. it's his home state. it opened in 2003. it has 136 turbines. it produces 200 megawatts of power. it's located 170 miles south of albuquerque, and it produces enough electricity t
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
mornings to talk about the wind energy industry and the importance of the trucks tax credit. but before -- and the importance of the production tax credit. before i begin i'd like to associate myself with the majority leader's remarks. we do need to extend the tax cuts for the middle class as soon as possible. that's clearly the message the american people sent on november 6 in the nationwide election that we had. i also want to respond to the comments and the conversation between the two leaders over the debt ceiling limit. it's important to recognize that when we raise the debt ceiling all we are doing is keeping faith with what congress has already appropriated, what congress has already made clear we will spend on behalf of our country and all the various ways that the federal government operates. we cannot afford to have a situation like we had august before last where we dallied and we literally shot our economy and ourselves in the foot by not extending the debt ceiling. we saw one of the rating agencies lower our national rating; first time in history. there is a way to do this
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 5:15pm EST
energy entrepreneurs as well. the u.s. can overcome the energy crisis. and a few years, nearly five on my machine technologies that transform petroleum industry in the past five years, the horizontal tracking and other developments that have made it possible with a much smaller surface reached much larger tropes of fuel than in the past. the green energy sources that consumed the most valuable part of the global environment, which is the surface of the earth, air above all soils on the surface of the earth. you know, you have cells in windmills and biofuels and all of these systems waste what is important, which is the surface it ears, while ignoring the almost infinite tropes of energy below the surface of the earth that can be reached with a very small footprint of usable land. >> what is all true wisdom and how does that fit into the capitalist system? >> all true wisdom is an orientation towards the needs of others. i believe capitalism is intrinsically altruistic. that is to say that capitalism is based on making investment without any assurance that others will respond to god. capit
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 7:00am EST
business where there is an issue with energy intensive industry the government announced the intention to exempt energy intensive industries from the cost of contract, differences and electricity market reform. that is subject to state aid clarence and further consultation but shows this government is working hard to help those industries and make sure they compete and succeed in britain. >> eleanor weighing. >> the house joined with the prime minister in congratulating the duke and duchess of cambridge done a good news. will promise to confirm the commonwealth heads up last agreed to change the rules on extension and bring before the house a bill very soon so that she can follow in the footsteps of her much love great-grandmother? and become our queen? >> very grateful to my hon. friend for her question. i can answer positively on all the points she made. at the third commonwealth conference i chaired a meeting of all prime ministers of different realms and agree we should bring forward legislation to deal with this issue. all of the roles have agreed to do that. we will be
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Dec 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
energies to governance. in a perfect world we would not only govern, we would execute a coherent strategy. that is a very high bar for a in legislative branch to clear. wih we must aspire to it and pside cooperation with the president because we are facing fundamental changes in the world that will deeply affect american security and standard of livingt the lists of such changes as o long, but its starts in asia ina with the rise of china and india economic, political, and military powers. the obama administration has pot conspicuously an ounce to pet it to asia. at the center of this bid is china, which exists as both an adversary to certain u.s.lowrave interest and a fellow traveler,n sharing mutual goals andthe vulnerabilities on others. the ongoing challenge will be for the united states to disceri , sometimes issue by issue whether china is an adversary or partner. i this calibration will impact a d america's relations with the rest of asia, and may ultimately determine prospects for war or peace in this will. t while visiting indonesia,, i thailand, and the philippines ir octoberem
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 7:00am EST
not, why not? >> we are making serious investments in renewable energy. we've set out a regime of subsidy that stretches right out to 2017 and beyond. and that's why the renewable energy capacity of this country has doubled over the last two years under this government. >> will my right honorable friend agree with me and that not only has discovered how to do with the catastrophic budget deficit which will we inherited from the former prime minister, but also as the figures revealed today, a tidal wave of immigration deliberately fostered by the labour government and the concentrate on putting these two on the most important facing this government for the delivery of sigir of the people of this country? >> i think my right honorable friend makes an important point which is that immigration was out of control under the last government. net migration ran over 200,000 a year. that is 2 million across a decade. under the control we put in place, net integration has fallen by a quarter in recent years. but it think what is interesting about it is you can have proper control of immigrat
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am EST
business with key sectors in the iranian economy, with energy and shipbuilding and shipping and ports, this amendment that would shut down businesses that are involved in sectors which fund the proliferation activities of iran, of that regime, is crucial. in addition, the amendment is going to prohibit business with all designated persons connected to the iranian government. it bans trade and commodities used, it is designed to stop iran from busting sanctions by receiving payment in gold or using oil payments in local currency to buy gold. we have got to stop an effort to water down these sanctions. i say that because i remember the votes in the past, i remember our effort on the central bank. it was only because we got unanimous votes because we got so much sport that we were able to deploy those. let me add there's another portion of the amendments here that targets the regime for their human rights abuses and i think one of the areas where we have really been short, for those of you who talked to those who have been in the prisons, who have experienced the torture, seen the
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 11:00pm EST
shareholders. the energy bills provide renewable energy and we publish our gas strategy today to make sure that we make the best use of lower-cost gas power, including new sources of gas and went and we consenting the creation of a single office of regulation. we don't want families and businesses to be left behind as gas prices come on the other side of the atlantic. [cheers] we are going to help our construction industry as well. the last government abolished property release. my humble friends, the members of the southwest and others show that this has blighted development in our towns and cities. the proposal for my colleagues, that we create a long grace. for newly completed buildings, it is a sensible one. and we will introduce it next october. the previous government also plans to increase the small companies tax rates 22%, and we have cut it to 20%. unlike the small and medium-size firms, i want to thank my honorable friend for their help in this area. starting on the first of january and for the next two years. i am therefore going to increase by 10 fold in the annual investment a
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 9:00am EST
colleagues to extend the production tax credit for wind energy. i would like to note that on the heels of senator durbin's comments about china, we wish the chinese energy industry well, but we don't want to outsource our wind energy jobs to china needlessly. and we're on a path to do so. and i see my colleague from iowa here, senator grassley, who i know will speak later on the wind production tax credit. but it's going to expire in less than one month from now -- december 31 to be specific -- if we do not act. that means we're one month away from pulling the rug out from an industry that's currently playing a key role in revitalizing american manufacturing, creating jobs, empowering our nation. we're literally one month away from ending a credit that supports tens of thousands of workers right here in the united states. and each day that we wait to extend the p.t.c., we risk losing more good-paying american jobs. we also risk doing away with a credit that is a major contributor to the success and development of our nation's wind industry. this credit has helped countries leverage billio
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 5:00pm EST
brought together to try to inject some energy in the right place at the right time. next appear will be senator sam nunn, longstanding german and senate armed services who understands our country and national security as well or better than anybody that i have ever worked with. thanks to pete peterson for getting this group together and for so much else and for michael and the peterson foundation have done in terms of bringing attention to the fiscal challenge we face and mobilizing support for the rational and moral mullen thank you for the tremendous leadership and for the citizens and the recent months you have led the statement that basically the biggest risk that we have to national security is our debt and unsustainable fiscal policy is one that i totally endorse and agree with and i commend you for making it because your impact is very powerful so that is my first point. my second point is that even if we avoid the short term debt crisis, the so-called cliff, and i hope that we will, the interest on debt in the years to come will increasingly dominate the budget and pressure d
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 8:00pm EST
stronger economic growth. meanwhile apart from temporary fluctuations a largely reflected swings in energy prices it's likely to run at or below the federal markets to present objective in the coming quarters and over the longer term. against the macroeconomic backdrop of higher unemployment and subdued inflation the -- the committee took several steps, first it decided to continue his purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities initiated at the september meeting at a pace of $40 billion per month. second, the committee decided to purchase longer-term treasury securities initially at a pace of $45 billion per month after a skirt program to extend the average maturity withholdings is completed at the end of the year. and continuing its asset purchases the committee seeks to maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates and the financial -- thereby promoting hiring and economic growth while ensuring that inflation over time is close to her to present objective. finally the committee today also modified its future rate policy to provide more information to the public about how i
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Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
especially energy sanctions, that, i think has been critical and, i want to say congratulations. i saw, i saw director woolsey when i came in and i so much appreciate the briefing we have received from him and the ability to get the type of analysis also from cliff and mark and the whole fdd team. it's so helpful. if you were to ask me what is going to be the focal point of, what's the main concern we have, i think it has been and is going to continue to be iran for the foreign affairs committee and i think the administration frankly has, has lagged far behind the house. we've been far ahead in pressuring iran and a lot of that is because of your help. i think we have been united in the house in our effort to do that. i think that congressional pressure frankly is building, building quickly, in light of recent events and i'm looking forward of course to the conference report that we're going to see now from the national defense authorization act where we're going to have another chance to tighten thes into and i want -- the noose, i want to say that the ndaa amendment that would sh
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 1:00pm EST
spiritual energy which, i think, is a love story on a very high-refined level. it's sort of a divine love that, say, you or i wouldn't be able to appreciate. and they had this union, i suppose, where they sort of circled each other, and he observed her, and i think she observed him. when she died at the age of 24, it was april 17, 1680, immediately after her death her body was transfigured. and there are two written accounts which are in that book right there that was part of her cause over in rome. now, she's already passed away, and she was only 24 years old, and she was a recluse. she only had a couple of female friends that knew her really well but for the priests, and he started this curing, and she started affecting substantial cures. women in childbirth were having breach birth and that sort of thing, and he would apply dirt from her grave or pieces from her clothing, and they burned some of her garments and made a tea out of it, and people would drink it. and these miracles kept up until about 1760 when the english came in and took canada back or took canada from the french.
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 6:00am EST
comments again a strong supporter because of energy, environment, congestion, still remain dedicated to moving positive inner-city passenger rail and particularly high-speed service if the united states is falling further behind and instead of being behind, those brief comments, patient ranking member who was so nice to me yesterday. >> thank you, mr. chairman, the minority -- [talking over each other] >> i can tell you i'm going to hang. >> nothing can move don young from the center. >> that is the size of that. it takes five people to move it. >> that is right. >> thank you, mr. chairman. chairman, i have been involved in the issue of high-speed rail since early on in my career in congress in nearly 90s, on the appropriations committee, designated the first proposed high-speed rail routes in america and one of them was from eugene, ore. british columbia, and we will hear a little later from paula hammond who is secretary of transportation from washington who will describe our progress or lack mara of, small amount of progress in achieving those goals but we are plugging away at it. th
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
they work at it aggressively. i'm older. i have less energy. >> tell us something about the obama white house that we don't know. >> oh. what does obama think of mitt romney? you know, what does he really think, and i think he feels that romney is incompetent because he didn't run a better campaign. i suspect a theme in the coverage of the campaign is going to be that romney never found a way, the message or the theme of how to run against obama where he thought it would be easy. >> what is the one thing you want to know about president obama that you don't? >> i did ask this, i didn't put it in the book, but he keeps a diary. i'd like to have access. [laughter] >> assume that -- >> and he said, do you keep a diary? yes, oh, not on all the detail kind of, and i, you know, come on, let's see it. so i'm sure there will be an interesting memoir. >> what did he tell you about the diary? >> that it existed. no detail. he didn't offer any of it or read from it or anything like that. is it dictated? is it written? who, you know, reagan kept his diary secret. george w -- and now they publ
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 12:00pm EST
provided a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and also been terrific with the state's energy industry, agriculture sector and even tourism. like many of his nebraska constituents, ben's an avid hunter and fisher and outdoorsman. but, mr. president, just as a sideline, one of the things we learn as little kids and as we get older it's something we also must adhere to, and that's not be envious. envy isn't something that is becoming of a human being, especially an adult. but i think if the truth were known, many, many senators would be very envious, as i am, and i would even think the presiding officer, about that hair of ben nelson's. i mean that is a mop of real hair. it's often that people call his office, e-mail his office, they believe he has a toupee. it's his hair. he'll pull it for you any time just to show it that it's real. he has hair like a 15-year-old, mr. president. and so, i have to acknowledge i am a little envious of his hair. and i think it's the truth for now. my wife has said on many occasions she really likes -- tells me all the time how handsome pat leahy
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 7:00pm EST
appropriate return on their energy. so we are very respectful and very thoughtful to be sure that people qualify for the service. but we go to great lengths to two get two people to people who need the service. >> one-of-a-kind wisdom and famously q
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST
to talk to us at the white house who say, i care deeply about whether you're doing enough on energy and advanced manufacturing research. if you're going to help nih push us to the next frontiers of alzheimer's, research, and other important biomedical research. and then say, but it's not really my business, i'm not a budget person to worry about whether we are cutting too deeply on our discretionary domestic budget. and what i have to say to folks is, you cannot attend you care deeply about innovation and research, and investing in early childhood, and investing in science, s.t.e.m. education but if you're indifferent to whether or not we reduce our budget deficit by simply taking deeper and deeper cuts in domestic discretionary budget, at some point you get to a point where you're simply trading off between early childhood and biomedical research and higher education. and those are not trade-offs the american public wants us to make. so we need to have, when we talk about having, getting our fiscal house in order, i want to remind people that when i was here in the early '90s, one
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm EST
toward energy independence. there are lots of efforts underway, including about this administration and ideas we're talking about in the campaign to do that. i'm generally supportive trying to move on all fronts in that area. i think that is generally where we need to go. >> host: speaking of the administration, i want to show our viewers what the administration and what republicans are proposing to avoid sequestration, these automatic spending cuts on the domestic side. the white house says a one-year deferral of sequestration and multiyear stimulus package. i think figures out at 50 billion. jim capretta, is that a good idea? >> guest: well i'm for defering the sequester so we can get to have the congress work on multiyear budget time frame. how that's done is, i'm, a larger debate we dpleed to talk, the big issue is entitlement spending. that is where the action is. that is where the money is. . . and 2012. i am for continuing that could i think it would put money directly in the pockets of working families. i think that actually could help the economy. i'm very enthusiastic howe
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 12:00pm EST
various energy challenges facing the country, again, there's progress to report. in 2005 and 2007, congress enacted major energy bills. those bills moved us toward a better and more comprehensive national energy policy. those bills promoted an adequate and more diverse supply of energy. they increased the efficiency and effectiveness of how we use energy in our economy. they promoted strong market reforms and consumer protections for electricity, and they struck a balance between meeting our energy goals and lessening environmental impacts of energy, including overall greenhouse gas emissions. as a result of that balanced approach, we have arrested what had been an increasing dependence on foreign oil, coupled with technological advances that have opened new sources of supply. we're headed to greater levels of energy independence than we had thought possible, even as recently as seven years ago. the bipartisan consensus that allowed us to enact those bills has, unfortunately, eluded us in the current congress. i hope that in future congresses there will reemerge a recognition that
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am EST
about the route to the northwest. >> thank you, mr. speaker. new energy finance demonstrated investment in renewable energy has fallen by a half since this government came to power. would the chancellor not agree with me that what we need is to look to the future and to invest in the green jobs? and to that end, will be see to it, the 2030 decarbonization target in the energy bill -- companies in this country and recommended by the climate change committee? >> well, the first thing i would say is that this government has introduced -- making investmen investments, introducing the carbon price goal which is recognized around the world as a very effective way of ensuring a decarbonization market driven way of our economy, and we've just published an energy bill and to let the control framework that would allow for new renewable investment to the rest of this decade. the industry has that, alongside the cast strategy. on the decarbonization target, as they say we're going to take a power in the bill to set a target but that would be a decision for after the next carbon budget wh
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Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
a great deal of sense, but much of it does not and it's time for to us devote energy to fixing and improving the law where the law -- where there are flaws. if we really want to help community banks, this is where we should focus our energy and i know there's a lot of bipartisan ideas around how we can do that. i think all of us have heard from community bankers and our states about the onslaught of regulation they have, some of which was really meant to deal with some of the bigger institutions but, again, that to me is where we can really focus in a bipartisan way to give some relief to our community banks. giving out limbless deposit insurance, though, i suppose by some, some people have decided that's a consolation prize. and i hate that. that's too bad. we should fix dodd-frank if we want to help our community banks. but to to the vote in front of us is a t.a.g. extension. i want to talk a little bit about that specifically. there are a series of policy reasons why it's time to end the t.a.g. program. i will go through a couple of them here. first, the fdic insurance fund is u
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
energy around compromise. thinking about for years from now, the end of president obama's second term, i've had time to you think the country's economy will improve? 51% say it will improve. economic well being of the middle class -- catch up with my slides. there we go. the deficit and debt will improve as 34%. but the one thing they are certain is that taxes will increase. and in the next four years how it affected you think the federal government will be on each of the following issues. we read a list of these issues, we rotated those. this is how it basically stacks up. ensuring long-term future of entire programs such as social security and medicare, 65%. 64% creating jobs, 64% improving public education, growing the economy, creating a business environment that allows for innovation. lowering the federal deficit actually false down to 40. not as much confidence there as a part on the other side. we been said the training faces a number of challenges including but not limited to large budget deficits, national debt, slower economic recovery, high unemployment, deep political
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Dec 10, 2012 11:00pm EST
policy. the plaintiffs in the reform, environmental groups that lack energy resources and so on. this is handled the story. these are what economists call rent seeking groups. they control or seek to control the distribution of resources to secure income for the members which wouldn't generate wealth on their own. they suggest economies grow more slowly as much groups will supply and a gain influence over the political process. assuming the resources, reforms this is one reason the u.s. economy grew so loud rapidly, germany and japan took off after world war ii to read these conflicts to strip a network of interest groups that might have blocked the development. obviously we don't want to have the board with interest to the system. but a political people can change in the party regime could accomplish that as the sun. this man is one of the contributions of america's party revolutions. they clean up the interest rate system thereby eliminating roadblocks to reform, expansion and the dynamism. ladies and gentlemen, let me see what else i have here. that's a chart on productivity.
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Dec 5, 2012 7:30am EST
down their tax bills. .. >> the entry of the energy bill to parliament now means we can get out there and sell to all of the energy companies the very clear and stable framework that the u.k. has for offshore wind, for nuclear, for renewables and, indeed, for gas. i think it's a very positive development, there's a huge amount of potential, pent-up investment, and we need to make sure that results in british jobs and apprenticeships, and the government is fully committed to making that happen. >> [inaudible] pruitt. >> the prime minister obviously believes within the leveson report, there exists something that is bonkers. how would the prime minister give the views of his planning minister who has said tens of thousands of new homes will have to be built on greenfield sites. >> i think it is absolutely clear, yes, we should build on brownfield land, yes, we should try and deal with the problem of empty homes, but we do have to have a conversation about the need to build more flats and more houses, where we don't have the current situation we have where if you don't have the help of mo
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Dec 8, 2012 1:30pm EST
his own spiritual depth. together was a confluence of spiritual energy which i think it's a love story and the high refined level, a divine line that you or i wouldn't be able to appreciate. they had this union, i suppose, where they circled each other, he observed her and she observed him. when she died at the age of 24 on april 17, 1680, immediately after her death her body was transfigured and there are a two witness accounts which were part of her cause, she has already passed away at 24 and a recluse and only had a couple female friends that knew her really well, and she started affecting substantial yours, women in childbirth and that sort of thing and would apply dirt to her grave for pieces of her clothing and burner garments and make tea out of it and drink it, these miracles kept up until about 1760 when the english took canada back or took canada from the french and everything ceased, the jesuits were exelled, they were really suppressed and came back in 1840s and in the 1840s discovered her, had some of the manuscripts out of the archives and rekindled this interest i
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Dec 9, 2012 9:00pm EST
spend a heck of a lot of time and energy on our prevention and disease. cancer. a ton of money going into cancer. we are just now beginning to recognize that this is number three. and some people have told me after i wrote unaccountable there's not really a medical mistake problem in the u.s. and i think that we are just now starting to accept that this is something that we have to start talking honestly about. went >> host: we know there is tremendous care received in the u.s. certainly in the u.s. that you've trained but this concept but the quality and a disparity in quality you got interested in it during your doctoral program at harvard. can you talk a little bit about how you came into that and what your interest was and where did the field come from? >> guest: it started to be recognized as a field student. was the right place, right time thing. i had a frustrating experience with a patient of mine that i was assigned to follow. her name was mrs. banks and she is in the opening of the book. she really didn't want anything done for her cancer that had spread all over. the docto
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Dec 8, 2012 10:00pm EST
lot of time and energy on hard prevention and heart disease. cancer, a lot of money going to cancer. we are just now beginning to recognize that this is number three and some people have told me, after i wrote "unaccountable" there is not really a medical mistake problem in the u.s. and i think we are starting to to just now accept that this is something we have got to start talking honestly about. >> host: so, we know that there is tremendous care that is received here in the u.s. and certainly at the institution that you trained at but this concept of kind of equality and disparity of quality. you got interested in it during her doctoral program at harvard. can you talk a little bit about how you came into that and what your interest was in really where did the field come from? >> guest: well, i think it just started to be recognized as a field when i was a student. it was sort of a right time, right place kind of thing. i had this frustrating experience with a patient of mine that i was assigned to follow. her name was missed his tanks and she is in the opening of the book. she r
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Dec 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
state of north dakota. we're doing amazing things with energy. as a matter of fact, we're hot on the trail of the state of texas when it comes to oil development. we're after you. i'm telling you. but do you know what it's going to take? it's going to take continued development of the technologies that not only help us produce more energy but help us do it with good environmental stewardship. and what we are talking about is making sure that when we have the engineers and the scientists and the technicians and the mathematicians that graduate from our great universities with doctorate and master's degrees, they can stay here and help us do it here rather than have it done somewhere else in some other country that then gets ahead of the united states. and i still go back to this will help us solve the fundamental challenges we face today, which is getting this economy growing so we get people back to work and creating the reason to help us with our deficit and our debt. with that, i yield back to the esteemed senator from texas. mr. cornyn: could i ask how much time remains? the presi
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Dec 7, 2012 11:00pm EST
energy and environment, because of congestion, still remain dedicated to moving positive inner city passenger rail and particularly high-speed service as the united states is falling further behind and must lead the pack instead of being behind the pack. with those quick comments, let me go the patient ranking member who is so nice to me yesterday. i have to be very nice today. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i've disappointed -- i know -- >> never going to hang there. >> nothing can move don young from the center. >> nothing. >> takes five people to move. >> that's right. >> so, thank you mr. chairman. mr. chairman, i've been involved in the issue of high and higher speed rail since early on in my career, in the 90s, al swift on the appropriations committee, designated the first proposed five high-speed rail routes in america and one of them was from eugene, oregon to vancouver, british columbia, and we will hear a bit later from paula hammond this secretary of transportation in my state, who will describe our progress, or lack thereof, small amount of progress in achieving those goals
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Dec 9, 2012 2:00pm EST
feels that a solution of sorts, and energy and force that needs to be exploited. for example, communication. one of the things that i listened people communicating all over the globe and somehow that's going to continue. >> gentleman in the red shirt. i [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] >> points back to christopher with nrdc. going back to the international commencement, we've seen it's not just u.s. capitalist models in the last couple years the rise of state capitalism in china and russia and a number other countries. so the question becomes, how on this global environment would be state capitalism vigorously against each other for resources and for market and cheap labor. how does one bring standards within that timeframe we talked about to the breaks. china is really behaving internationally no different than the united states, great britain behave in prior centuries. as you say, we are running out of time and running out of resources. the kind of renewal, political renewal were talking about really has to be global in order for this to work because the u.s
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Dec 4, 2012 11:00pm EST
together to try to inject energy and the right place at the right time. next up will be senator sam nunn, a long-standing chairman of the senate armed services who understands our country and our national security, as well or better than anyone i have ever seen. [applause] >> thank you to pete peterson for getting a group together and for so much else that he and michael peterson foundation have done in terms of bringing attention to the fiscal challenge that we face today. in mobilizing support for a rational and sane fiscal policy. second, admiral mike mullen, thank you for your tremendous leadership both in the military and as a citizen and a reason leader. you have led the way with the biggest risk that we have of national security, and our unsustainable fiscal policy. one that i totally endorse or agree with, and i commend you for making it because your impact is very powerful. that is my first point. my second point is that even if we avoid short-term debt crisis, the so-called fiscal cliff, and i hope that we will, the debt in the years to come will increasingly dominate the
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Dec 12, 2012 11:00pm EST
swings in energy prices, inflation has remained tame. 2% objective over the long-term. against an economic backdrop that includes high unemployment and subdued inflation, we will maintain highly accommodative policy. today, the committee took several steps. first, it decided to continue its purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities, initiated at the september meeting at peace about $40 billion per month. second, the committee decided to purchase longer-term securities, at least a $45 billion per month. after its current program with the average maturity holdings at the end of the year. continuing asset purchases, the committee seeks to maintain downward pressure on long-term interest rates in the key financial conditions accommodated. there it is close to 2% objective. finally, the committee modified guidance about future policy to provide more information to the public about how it will react to a economic conditions. i will return to this conversation to discuss asset purchases. although the committee's announcement today specify the program did not provide dates in which i
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Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
years, we have been allies in advancing farm bill initiatives, to promote renewable energy production on farms and in rural communities. and let no one doubt that senator conrad has always been a relentless, fierce advocate for the interests of his constituents in north dakota. i know that kent is very proud of a framed resolution presented to him by his state's standing rock sioux tribe. it bears his honorary sioux na name, nomni snee," which translates as "never turns back." i think that really describes kent conrad. he never turns back. so, mr. president, kent conrad and i are proud of our shared roots in the upper midwest. he has been an outstanding senator, a good friend for more than 2 1/2 decades in this body. i join with the entire senate family in wishing kent and lucy all the best in the years ahead. mr. harkin: and also, mr. president, in these closing weeks of the 112th congress, the senate is, as i've said, is saying farewell to a number of retiring colleagues. one of our most poignant farewells is to a member respected and esteemed on both sides of the aisle. i speak of
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aren't here today has brought together to try to inject some energy at the right place at the right time. so next up here will be senator sam nunn, longstanding chairman in senate armed services, who understands our country and our national security as well or better than anyone i have ever worked with. senator none -- senator nunn? [applause] >> well, first, thanks to pete peterson for getting this group together and for so much else that pete and michael and the peterson foundation have done in terms of bringing attention to the fiscal challenge we face and mobilizing support for a rational and sane fiscal policy. second, admiral mullen, thank you for your tremendous leadership both in the military and as a citizen in the recent months. you have led the way, and your statement that basically the biggest risk that we have to national security is our debt and our unsustainable fiscal policy is one that i totally endorse and agree with, and i commend you for making it, because your impact is very powerful. so that's my, really my first point. my second point is that even if we avoid the s
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Dec 10, 2012 1:00am EST
on their creative energy. we're very respectful and thoughtful to be sure people qualified for the service, and we go to great length they need the service. >> one of a kind wiz -- wisdom and quirky humor with the subtle truth that work in our lives. >> it's one of those remarkable services that the government designed and funded in order to do what our democracy needs to be, to be sure, again, everyone has that access to be well-informed citizens and be able to fully participate in all the things that are democracy has to offer. >> for more information on this and other cities on the local content vehicle's tour, go to c-span.org/localcontent. here's a look at books being published this week.
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Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
desired energy-efficient goals and so forth. mrs. hagan: i ask unanimous consent the bill be read three times and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table with no intervening action or debate and any statements related to the bill be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. hagan: i ask unanimous consent that the senate now proceed to the consideration of s. 3666 which was submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report. the clerk: s. 3666, a bill to amend the animal welfare act to modify the definition of exhibit or. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding with the measure? the presiding without objection. mrs. hagan: i ask unanimous consent that the bill be read a third time and passed, the motions to reconsider to be considered made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate and that any statements relating to the measure be printed at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. h
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like any other city, like bombay or cairo. there's a wonderful energy, amazing pace. it has all the other things these cities have in terms of life and excitement and thrills. there are other -- there are other times when the city is a city under siege, you know, the bbc estimates this year alone, and by this year, i mean until the beginning of august, some 300 people were assassinated in the city, some 300 political activists killed in extrajudicial killings, which is familiar for those who lived through the 1990s. it's a pattern we see repeating itself. >> presumed this is basically a gang war between the mqm and -- >> it's ethnic, political, turf, and it's reared its ugly head again, and violates mutates in that city, and before 2005, or even, yeah, well, you know, it was embassies targets of violence rather than people. it was mcdonald's, it was, you know, but the city adapts, and it adopts itself to the violence of the region, and of the country, and now people have watched the floods that have devastated the country and particularly in recent weeks, the provinces, and so the c
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Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm EST
capability, maybe in the long term that provides access to and declare weapons. so we see nuclear energy, for example, power plants that going to come to the region relatively soon if the arab springs does not interfere with those plans. the idea, the projections that are on the books come to be realized. what the motivations might be, many factors. first, it's very difficult for nuclear-weapons. you run into all the kinds of problems therein, now confronting both technical and political because we would certainly pushed back on any of the state's bill we are seeking to acquire nuclear arms. moreover, many of these states are very dependent on us, even saudi arabia is dependent on us to protect the right now and to provide advanced military equipment. that relationship is completely endangered if there seemed to be moving down the wrong track. at the same is true for egypt. maybe algeria, whatever other states you might want to identify. turkey is a nato ally and already under nuclear umbrella. in force that relationship by providing patriot missiles. so just give you the briefest overvi
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Dec 13, 2012 6:00am EST
all about revenue raising. the last time i checked this is the energy and commerce committee, not the budget committee. having said that, i think we did a good job to bring about a balance, to bring about the dollars that would fund the public safety network, that we would produce dollars for deficit reduction, but again, this is the energy and commerce committee, in section 309 of the communications act explicitly prohibits the fcc from basing its auction rules predominately on the revenue that would be generated and during the bipartisan negotiations on this bill compromise was reached to allow unlicensed services to operate in the guard bands that would be created as part of the band plan which would not be auctioned. the cbo looked at the proposal that became law and concluded that the guard band concept does not decrease the revenue. i don't know where all of this is coming from. i think it is kind of interesting but it seems to me that again the hearing today is keeping the new broadband spectrum law on track. i want to start, mr. chairman, mr. chairman, the commission might
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that senators will devote much more of their energies to governance. in a perfect world, we would not only govern, we would execute a coherent strategy. that's a very high bar for any legislative branch to clear, but we must aspire to it in cooperation with the president, because we are facing fundamental changes in the world that will deeply affect america's security and standard of living. the list of such changes is long but it starts in asia with the rise of china and india as economic, political and military powers. the obama administration has conspicuously announced a pivot to asia. at the center of this pivot is china, which exists as both an adversary to certain u.s. interests and a fellow traveler sharing mutual goals and vulnerabilities on others. the ongoing challenge will be for the united states to disce discern, sometimes issue by issue, whether china is an adversary or a partner. and this calibration will impact america's relations with the rest of asia and may ultimately determine prospects for war or peace in this world. while visiting indonesia, thailand and the
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